About Me

I was born in Madison, WI and grew up in the Columbus, OH area.  I went back to Madison for college and am a fiercely proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After graduate school at the University of Virginia (where I was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture), I served as a lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for three years before landing a gig at Wake Forest where I currently work with some amazing colleagues as a Teaching Professor of Philosophy.  

My teaching and research center on ethics and political philosophy (broadly construed).  I regularly teach lower division classes in applied ethics and offer courses for advanced undergraduates in the core areas of value theory.  Over the past few years, I have developed interests in the role that hope can play in a flourishing human life as well as the philosophy of sport, and I am privileged to be part of Wake Forest's newly formed Disability Studies Initiative

Family life keeps me (happily) busy outside of work.  In what spare time I have, I read a lot and watch a fair bit of sports.  (My allegiances: Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Columbus Crew, Tottenham Hotspur, and the Columbus Blue Jackets.)  I'm currently retired from a storied career as a youth basketball and soccer coach.